Your Pet Loss Poems'The Best Dog We Ever Had'
by Linda Bethke
Our Dear Rudy 7.20.2010
She was as odd looking as a dog could be
Long, white, short legged with funny ears
Not enough Bassett, not enough Lab
To make claim to elegance or beauty.
She had her quirks
Fear of men and hiding under tables
She was smart, that day at the Pound,
When she raised her paw to shake hello
And melted out hearts -- as if she didn’t know.
She raised our puppy even when she was new;
Ever devoted, always true.
When times were dark she guarded us
Always watching with her sad dark eyes
Not just mine or his but truly ours.
And even when we couldn’t find a kind word for the world
On one thing there was no dispute
She was the best dog we ever had.
Age took her unexpectedly
One moment running free
The next paralyzed and confused
But always faithful, ever true.
I thanked God she didn’t seem to know
That everything would change that summer’s day
When she lay by the screen door,
No longer wanting to go out to play.
We held back our tears so she wouldn’t fret
Knowing she only cared about our thoughts even then
Eleven years and she was always a surprise to us
So much more than a dog should be
The best dog we ever had; Rudy.
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